Sustainable and green building is the future of construction. It must be – there is not one exception. Not only does it help to protect our environment, building greenly can reduce the cost of building operation over time and in many cases extend the life span of a building. Perhaps the most important aspect of green construction is getting the old heads in the business to change their ways. Getting a baby boomer contractor to use new, sustainable and potentially more expensive but longer lasting building materials isn’t a job for the weak.
Back in 1987, when the wall was still up, and Regan was only 85% gone, the UN-commissioned The Brundtland Report ‘Our Common Future’ which described sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.
More than three decades later, this definition continues to be relevant – especially in the context of population growth and climate change.
So, what defines ecological construction? The simplest description would be constructions that have minimal impact on the environment through the application of appropriate design concepts, materials, and technologies. But these buildings need to also ensure ongoing benefits for future occupants in the form of energy efficiency, and comfort throughout the lifecycle of the building.
Danterr identified this trend early and invested heavily in our unique product called Equinox which are walls insulated with an ecological form of foam that keeps rooms the same temperature year round. This reduces the need for heating and cooling. This theory not only works well in high rise apartment buildings but also in government buildings such as schools, houses of parliament, even jails.